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The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK)

The Deming System of Profound Knowledge® (SoPK) is the culmination of Dr. W. Edwards Deming's lifelong efforts to define a comprehensive theory of management which embraces his 14 Points for ...
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Dr. Deming’s 14 Points for Management

Dr. W. Edwards Deming offered 14 key principles for management to follow to improve the effectiveness of a business or organization significantly. The principles (points) were first presented in his ...
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Seven Deadly Diseases of Management

While the 14 Points for Management can be said to express Dr. Deming's philosophy of transformational management, his Seven Deadly Diseases of Management describe the most serious barriers that management faces to improving effectiveness ...
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PDSA Cycle

The PDSA Cycle (Plan-Do-Study-Act) is a systematic process for gaining valuable learning and knowledge for the continual improvement of a product, process, or service. Also known as the Deming Wheel, ...
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Red Bead Experiment

Beginning in the early 1980s, Dr. Deming used his infamous Red Bead Experiment to clearly and dramatically illustrate several points about poor management practices, including several of the Seven Deadly Diseases, ...
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The Funnel Experiment

The Funnel Experiment was devised by Dr. Deming to describe the adverse effects of making changes to a process without first making a careful study of the possible causes of the variation ...
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Deming Institute Blog

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The Starfish and the System

In this guest post, Dr. Doug Stilwell looks at The Starfish Story of a humble hero through the Deming lens, and sees how, by understanding the System of Profound Knowledge, we can achieve a much greater impact.

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Looking at Layoffs Through the Deming Lens

In this guest post Bill Bellows looks at recent layoff announcements from a Deming point of view. Who is responsible for company failures? What is Ford doing differently? What happens when companies target “poor performers” and how easy it is to “do the wrong thing right.”

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Bees, Ants, Elephants, and Crops: Systemic Thinking for Innovation

In this guest post by John Hunter, he explores how using Deming systemic thinking leads to innovation, when the urge to “just do what we’ve always done” is strong.

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